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Edited: May 31, 2010, 4:49pm Top

I've been home disabled for two years now and I'm going out of my mind with boredom. Thankfully, I'm starting school to get an Associates in Accounting online but it doesn't start until June. To keep me from being committed until then, I decided to come up with a challenge for myself.

I'm going to read as many books as possible, preferably off my TBR piles/lists, in the month of May. I'm going to list them all here with comments.

The most number of books I've read in a month is 33. I'm going to try to beat that.

Go me.

1. Bad Moon Rising by Sherrilyn Kenyon (8/10 stars)
2. Get Off the Unicorn by Anne McCaffrey (6/10)
3. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt (8/10)
4. World War Z by Max Brooks (9/10)
5. The Help by Kathryn Stockett (9/10)
6. 1776 by David McCullough (4/10)
7. The Black Gryphon by Mercedes Lackey (8/10)
8. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (8/10)
9. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown (7/10)
10. The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande (8/10)
11. Earthfall by Orson Scott Card (6/10)
12. Steamed by Katie MacAlister (6/10)
13. Space Cadet by Robert Heinlein (4/10)
14. Dreaming by Jill Barnett
15. The Story Behind the Song by Canfield, et al. (6/10)
16. Shakespeare's Christmas by Charlaine Harris (7/10)
17. The China Bride by MaryJo Putney (7/10)
18. Flower Confidential by Amy Stewart (7/10)
19. On a Pale Horse by Piers Anthony (6/10)
20. Lucifer's Hammer by Niven and Pournelle (7/10)
21. The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot (8/10)
22. Bearing an Hourglass by Piers Anthony (7/10)
23. With a Tangled Skein by Piers Anthony (7/10)
24. Wielding a Red Sword by Piers Anthony (6/10)
25. Being a Green Mother by Piers Anthony (6/10)
26. For Love of Evil by Piers Anthony (7/10)
27. And Eternity by Piers Anthony (6/10)
28. Under a Velvet Cloak by Piers Anthony (5/10)
29. The Masterharper of Pern by Anne McCaffrey (7/10)

Apr 29, 2010, 11:34am Top

Go Morphy!

Apr 29, 2010, 11:43am Top

Good luck!

Apr 29, 2010, 11:45am Top

Yay! Go Morphy! And yay - a list! I loves me some lists and can't wait to see yours!

Apr 29, 2010, 11:49am Top

Over a book a day is some challenge!

Go Morphy

Apr 29, 2010, 11:51am Top

Good Luck with your challenge, Morphy!

I love seeing what other people are reading.

Apr 29, 2010, 11:55am Top

33 in a month? That's impressive, much less what you'll accomplish this May!

Good luck! Hope you have some good ones lined up.

Apr 29, 2010, 12:12pm Top

go Morphy! 33 is better than a book a day - beating that will be a real feat!

Apr 29, 2010, 12:13pm Top

Holy cow! I hope you don't have Moby Dick or Remembrance of Things Past on your list. Best of luck with this and with the degree--sounds great.

Apr 29, 2010, 1:05pm Top

Nah, more like The Help, The Lost Symbol, World War Z, stuff like that. And I'm going to work on the 1001 Fantasy list, too.

Apr 29, 2010, 4:03pm Top

You go for it, um, person! Yeah!

Apr 29, 2010, 4:19pm Top

I am watching you.....

Apr 29, 2010, 4:51pm Top

Go Morphy!!!

Apr 29, 2010, 5:22pm Top

Go for it.

Edited: Apr 29, 2010, 6:01pm Top

We can form a squad and do fancy cheers for her.

Go Morphy!

Apr 29, 2010, 5:53pm Top

Go, you! I can't do that much reading in May, but maybe June or July. Hooray for summer reading! Rock on.

Apr 29, 2010, 6:05pm Top

Go Morphy! *rah rah* *pom pom shake* (joined Jennieg's squad of cheering)
read some for me too as my reading time is limited for several months (silly moving getting in the way of my reading)

Apr 29, 2010, 7:25pm Top

Go Morphy! I'm joining your cheerleaders, too!

I'm looking forward to seeing your list.

Apr 29, 2010, 7:29pm Top

WAVE wave WAVE wave WAVE wave WAVE

starting the wave as my part of the cheerleading :)

Apr 29, 2010, 8:13pm Top

Ya'll are a riot! :)

I wasn't expecting this type of response. Just figured I'd have a place to post the books.

Not that I'm complaining. I love it!

Apr 29, 2010, 8:21pm Top

I will NOT be joining the cheerleaders, but as always, I will be in the crowd clapping with wild abandon! Looking forward to your comments. :)

Apr 29, 2010, 8:54pm Top

Boom, chok a lok a,
Boom, chok a lok a,

Morphy, Morphy, she's the best!
She's ahead of all the rest!

Morphy, Morphy, she's all right,
Reading, reading, day and night!

Mr. Morphy by her side -
Making her feel good inside!

Morphy, Morphy, all the way,
Reading more than a book a day!

Boom, chok a lok a,
Boom, chok a lok a,
Boom, chok a lok a, BOOM!

*rises gracefully from a split and bows in Morphy's direction*

Apr 29, 2010, 9:20pm Top

Whoo hoo! Great job, MerryMary!

**turns cartwheel across the bar**


Apr 29, 2010, 10:12pm Top

oh, my, goodness! That looks like it hurts...both of you.

I think I'll just sit here and watch....

Mrgroo, any more PGGBs? I'd like one right here. Thank you.

Apr 30, 2010, 6:25am Top

OMG, MM! That SO rocks! LOL!

Apr 30, 2010, 10:57am Top

Well, we've got a cheering squad. That means we need a marching band.

I'll be part of the percussion section:

BOOM! BOOM! BoomBoomBoom!

*marching band members arrange themselves to spell 'Go! Morphy! Go!'*

*hard to do with a marching band of 1, must sign up more people*

Apr 30, 2010, 11:03am Top

Maybe you need stand bearers to pad out the crowd. That's what my college pep band did when they morphed into a marching band for homecoming.

Apr 30, 2010, 11:36am Top

Would a bookworm be an appropriate mascot? One of those cute ones with the glasses that you can find in the Microsoft clipart collection.

Apr 30, 2010, 1:12pm Top

Hey hey! I'm getting old and cranky. I used to be able to read in bowling alleys, now I can't even have the radio on. Do you REALLY think I can get any reading done with a marching band playing?

Apr 30, 2010, 2:31pm Top

We'll give you a tune for each book finished. How are you for tents?

Apr 30, 2010, 3:04pm Top

Go Morphy!! That is an excellent idea, says one is who late to the cheering squad. Can't wait to see your list. What are you starting with?

Edited: Apr 30, 2010, 5:59pm Top

Let's see if this works:

*dang* Nope. Maybe this?


ok, not the best way to do it but you get the idea, I hope

Apr 30, 2010, 6:12pm Top

I think I'm going to start with an easy-breezy book - Tuck Everlasting by Babbitt. Or maybe Bad Moon Rising by Kenyon.

Apr 30, 2010, 8:34pm Top

I wanna be in the card section-- you know, where every person gets a giant card to hold up and when they all flip them over it forms a pattern! We can have it spell out "Go Morphy" or maybe look like a book with turning pages.

May 1, 2010, 5:45am Top

#34 Is that an exclusive-or? Can't the book turn a page and open on a big picture of a GO MORPHY!! sign?

May 1, 2010, 9:15am Top

I can be a flipping page. Where do you want me to sit?

May 1, 2010, 11:49am Top

Tuck Everlasting is so good, what a great book to start with. I've never read Bad Moon Rising - will have to check that one out now. I can see your reading list is going to keep me busy ;-)

May 1, 2010, 1:11pm Top

Hope you have a great May reading Morphy - brilliant idea.

May 1, 2010, 6:51pm Top

Just finished Bad Moon Rising by Sherrilyn Kenyon. It's paranormal romantic fluff and I love it. I wish the action were a little less though to get more characterization. 8 out of 10 stars.

May 1, 2010, 8:36pm Top

Congrats, the day is not over yet and you've already finished one. Onward!!

I'm supposed to be writing 1K words per day on my book this month. Number written so far today: 0. But I am a night owl . . .

May 2, 2010, 2:13am Top

I am up at an unbelievable late hour, for me, just to look and see if Morphy is still at it. Wow! I will need to go get some sleep just so I can check in again tomorrow.

May 2, 2010, 7:49pm Top

Finished re-read of Get Off the Unicorn by Anne McCaffrey. It was okay and I gave it 6 of 10 stars. I remember liking it a lot more when I first read it mumble-mumble years ago.

May 2, 2010, 7:58pm Top

Morphy! Morphy! Morphy! Yay for Morphy!

(I think Anne McCaffrey does not do well as a re-read)

May 2, 2010, 10:45pm Top

I don't know. One of the short stories (the one about the girl who listens to everyone's personal stories on "tape") has stuck with me over the years. When blogging came around, I immediately thought of that story, even though I can't remember the name of it.

Yay, Morphy!

May 3, 2010, 6:35am Top

Yeah, jill, Dull Drums was my favorite, too.

May 3, 2010, 9:32am Top

Read Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt. Delightful! Vivid descriptions reminded me of my childhood. 8 out of 10 stars

May 3, 2010, 1:55pm Top

I'm reading World War Z. It's cool even though it's not my typical fare.

May 3, 2010, 7:02pm Top

I think we need a scoreboard and a running commentary in best "golf announcer" tradition.

May 3, 2010, 8:00pm Top

*subdued golf announcer voice*
"Now Morphy has turned the page, she grimaces at a particularly graphic description, looks at her salsa, then looks away, a bit greenish."

May 3, 2010, 8:14pm Top


May 4, 2010, 2:34pm Top

I just finished World War Z and I hate to do it, it's about ZOMBIES, for god's sake, but I'm giving it a 9 out of 10 stars. It was so absorbing and realistic! I didn't want to stop reading it.

May 4, 2010, 4:31pm Top

I'm one of those who loved loved loved WWZ - glad you liked it too!

May 4, 2010, 5:57pm Top

Zombies and salsa - a nice combo.

May 4, 2010, 6:14pm Top

ah, Morphy, there are other zombie books by the same author, yes? Have you read them, too?

May 4, 2010, 6:32pm Top

Nope just the one. I'm reading The Help now. Could two books be any more different? Heh.

May 4, 2010, 6:54pm Top

Quite liked The Help--interesting characters in that one, and a real portrait of a time and place.

May 6, 2010, 8:25pm Top

Loved The Help. The only reason it got 9 instead of 10 stars is because I have a preference for tidy endings. Otherwise an EXCELLENT book. After many months of average reading, it's awesome to have two 9 books back-to-back.

Finally finished 1776 - could the book be anymore of a drag? I gave it 4 out of 10 because I was able to complete it and I learned a bit. But someone remind me to never ever read a book about battles again. YAWN.

May 6, 2010, 9:50pm Top


May 7, 2010, 3:03am Top

Poor you Morphy! So what's next... hopefully something, well I hesitate to say something better... but something better!

May 7, 2010, 6:25am Top

I'm re-re-re....re-reading The Black Gryphon by Mercedes Lackey.

May 7, 2010, 10:18am Top

Go-o-o-o, Morphy!

*executes perfect double back flip*

May 7, 2010, 12:38pm Top

I've read but not re-read that one. Lackey isn't a great writer but she does have a knack for creating sympathetic characters and the interesting fantasy world of Valdemar. If it's a multiple re-read, I already know you're enjoying it!

May 7, 2010, 10:44pm Top

A couple of my favorite books on your list so far. Tuck Everlasting was one of my first audiobooks and was the one that convinced me that books could be great on audio as well as on paper. And it's been a long while, but I remember loving Get off the Unicorn. I'll have to reread that someday and see if I still do.

Can't wait to see what you've been reading next!

May 8, 2010, 12:17am Top

Go, Morphy, go!!!

May 8, 2010, 2:33pm Top

Read The Secret Garden and was surprisingly pleased with it. I had been unimpressed by The Little Princess when I read that some time ago.

Now reading The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown. It will be followed up by The Checklist Manifesto by Gawande and Space Cadet by Heinlein.

May 8, 2010, 4:24pm Top

Nice mix of books. Enjoy!

May 8, 2010, 8:25pm Top

The Secret Garden is definitely one of my fav childhood books along with Wind in the Willows. There are a lot of classics I have never read and now that I've got kids under my wings I should probably get on it.

May 9, 2010, 1:25am Top

I liked The Secret Garden much better than The Little Princess. Go! Go! Go!

Edited: May 9, 2010, 10:03am Top

Finished The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown.

It had the same plot as The DaVinci Code (run, learn something, run, learn something), the same characters with different names (the mentor, the plucky heroine, the religious nutjob, the jerk police officer) and the mythos wasn't as interesting.

And yet, I couldn't put the thing down. I had 100 pages to go when bedtime came around and I HAD to finish it. Therefore it got 7 out of ten stars.

May 9, 2010, 9:32pm Top

Yeah, I think maybe everyone likes The Secret Garden better than A Little Princess.

Rah, rah, rah!!!

May 10, 2010, 12:00am Top

The secret to loving A Little Princess is to see the tv series that was done years ago with Nigel Havers as Mr. Carrisford. Yum ;) The girl playing Sara was good, too.

I actually like both Secret Garden and Little Princess equally and re-read them every couple of years.

May 10, 2010, 6:33am Top

I saw both the old and new versions of The Little Princess many years before reading the book and loved them. That's why I was surprised to not like the book so much.

May 10, 2010, 6:53pm Top

I gave The Checklist Manifesto 8 out of 10 stars. It's an interesting and readable look at checklists in surgery, building construction, aviation and finance.

May 10, 2010, 7:12pm Top

My takeaway from The Checklist Manifesto was that we've created greater complexity in our ordinary services (based on scientific understanding) than we can readily deliver without the assistance of such tools as checklists. I can't help but wonder if there's not something wrong in putting ourselves in such a position.

But you're doing wonderfully well in your challenge, Morphy!

May 10, 2010, 8:50pm Top

Damn you all! Another book to my wishlist. LOL.

May 11, 2010, 12:08pm Top

Loved Space Cadet when I read it years ago-may have to go back and re-read.

May 11, 2010, 8:33pm Top

Finished Earthfall by Card. Meh. Got 6 out of 10 stars. Mostly because it was engaging and that's about it. Card, as an person, turns my stomach. His characters are rather too angst ridden and pissed off for me. But he tells a good tale.

May 12, 2010, 9:44am Top

Your comment made me look him up on Wikipedia. My son-in-law is a dead ringer for him. Scary.

Edited: May 13, 2010, 7:04am Top

ER Book
Finished Steamed by Kate MacAlister. 6 out of 10 stars.

It feels like half the book is banter between the main characters. Sometimes it is laugh aloud funny, but mostly it eventually got tedious. There was no growth in the one dimensional characters. They were more caricatures rather than characters, especially the supporting roles. You got told a lot about the people rather than shown yet there was a decent world set up. It was okay.

May 13, 2010, 5:15pm Top

I have decided I should run my life with check-lists! I have so few good habits and left to my own devices everything descends to chaos pretty quickly.

Edited: May 14, 2010, 8:13am Top

Finished Space Cadet by Robert Heinlein. Working on eventually reading everything he wrote.

*makes childish gagging noises*

4 of 10 stars

*more gagging noises*

Booooooooooring. Worst RAH ever.

May 14, 2010, 8:54am Top

Nearly halfway there - and nearly halfway on target, looking good! Just need that couple of extra books to get above 1/day. Well done so far.

"Working on eventually reading everything he wrote"
Urgh, why?!
Ok I liked he built a crooked house but little else by him.

Edited: May 14, 2010, 10:59am Top

Because I've read a significant portion of his work and like it. I'm not a masochist. Really!

ETA: I've got the entire Incarnations of Immortality series by Piers Anthony ordered from the library just to get me past that 1/day mark. I can zip through them REAL fast.

Meanwhile, the challenge TBR next goes like this:

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Stories behind the Songs
Shakespeare's Christmas by Harris
Flower Confidential by Stewart (about floral business)
Princess Diaries by Cabot

May 15, 2010, 8:21am Top

Finished Dreaming by Jill Barnett. 6 out of 10 stars

Characters could have been more complex. Heroine was silly to to the point of being saccharine. Otherwise readable enough, I suppose.

May 15, 2010, 2:48pm Top

The Story behind the Song by Canfield, et al. got 6 out of 10 stars.

I liked listening to each song as I read the blurb (iTunes or Google), but there wasn't a lot of meat to the stories.

Shakespeare's Christmas by Charlaine Harris (7/10)

You can see how Harris has grown as a writer. I didn't like how Lily came across as emotionally unstable in this book but it was a good story.

May 15, 2010, 4:33pm Top

I think The Princess Diaries is cute and Flower Confidential sounds interesting. Just dropping in to add my "rah, rah, rah!" to cheer you on.

May 15, 2010, 7:26pm Top

When you read the Incarnations of Immortality, will you include the 8th one that came out ages later? The reviews on here say it was terrible and we should pretend it doesn't exist.

May 15, 2010, 8:04pm Top

Actually, that's why I'm re-reading them. I found out about the "awful" one and well, I just have to read it. I'll hold my nose though.

May 15, 2010, 8:45pm Top

I didn't know there was an 8th book. What's it called and who's the incarnation?

May 15, 2010, 11:08pm Top

It's called Under a Velvet Curtain and it's about Nox, the Incarnation of Night. If you're off-put by Anthony's writing about child sexuality, stay well clear.

May 18, 2010, 7:19am Top

Read The China Bride for a (re)-read of Putney books. Gave it a 7/10 stars. Good writing. One thing that bothered me was how the heroine was portrayed. She was too changeable so you couldn't really figure out who she is.

Read Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? but I'm not counting it. :)

Still reading Flower Confidential. Also reading Lucifer's Hammer by Niven/Pournelle. Up next will be On a Pale Horse by Anthony and The Princess Diaries by Cabot.

Hmm, also partially into Skeleton Crew by King and should read my latest ER, The Animal Review.

May 20, 2010, 8:52am Top

Flower Confidential about the floral industry was a solid read. I gave it 7 out of 10 stars.

On a Pale Horse by Piers Anthony - I think I've read the Incarnation series too many times. I'm not enjoying it like I used to, but still good enough to finish this final re-read.

Working through Lucifer's Hammer today.

I'm running a bit behind. I've got the book a day down but if I want to beat my best month, I need to get a few more in.

May 22, 2010, 12:54pm Top

*holds hand up to mouth and whispers secrets* "childrens' books, Morph, childrens' books"

May 22, 2010, 5:19pm Top

*whispers in other ear* "Graphic novels, Morph graphic novels."

May 24, 2010, 1:57am Top

How's it going Morph? Are you going to make your goal? What are you reading now? Cheers - yahoo!

May 24, 2010, 7:34pm Top

Ooh, if you want a 'serious' graphic novel to read, find Blankets by Craig Thompson. It's serious literature as far as I'm concerned, and I read it in an afternoon., despite its huge size.

May 25, 2010, 2:28pm Top

I think you've inspired me, Morphy. I've managed to read more books this month than any other month so far this year. Now if we don't hear from you soon, I will panic, towel or no. I do so hope you are well!

May 25, 2010, 3:09pm Top

Me, too, MrsLee! Not sure if it's Morphy's example or sheer happenstance, but I have read more than usual this month. Need to keep it up if I'm going to have a hope of meeting my 75-book challenge.

May 25, 2010, 8:48pm Top

I don't think I'll make it. I just got home from the hospital, haven't read but a couple chapters and when I was sick like this in September, it took me about a month before I felt well enough to really read. Hopefully, it won't be that bad, but I am now behind.

Edited: May 25, 2010, 9:05pm Top

Look at the pictures in magazines and count those as books read! Don't despair! You can throw the goal out the window and do it another month or you can continue trying. That is the wonderful thing about LibraryThing: you are in charge.

edit put a negative in where it belonged, duh

May 25, 2010, 9:03pm Top

I believe that a hospital stay is an automatic time-out. Get well soon.

May 26, 2010, 3:04am Top

#99 - I was afraid of that. So glad you are home though. Do exactly what you need to do to get well and make that your goal for the month. You can count my extra reading as yours if you want to, since you inspired it. ;) *Big, gentle, health-giving hug*

May 26, 2010, 7:02am Top

It makes me very happy inside to hear that I inspired others to read. I need that feeling right now. Thanks, folks.

May 26, 2010, 2:35pm Top

I added three books that I got done before I went into the hospital and one I got done today. All but one were re-reads. The Princess Diaries was new for me. Cute.

May 26, 2010, 2:51pm Top

Hope you're feeling up to reading, but definitely don't feel like you have to. Then reading would be a chore, ugh.

May 26, 2010, 11:55pm Top

Yeah, the hospital stay counts as stop-the-clock.

Edited: May 31, 2010, 4:52pm Top

Ah well. Hit 29 books - 5 short of my goal. Life got in the way.

And what's up with Anthony, i.e. Under a Velvet Cloak? Seems like he's pulling an Eddings. He got old and his writing went to crap.

Next up is The Sorcerer's Treason by Sarah Zettel. I think JannyW recommended it.

May 31, 2010, 7:01pm Top

Which reminds me, I have a Sarah Zettel sitting on my shelf to read. I picked up Kingdom of Cages ages ago on a whim because it sounded good, hadn't heard anything about the author previously. Would love to know what you think of The Sorcerer's Treason.

Good luck with your accounting courses!

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